A loan of $625 helped to buy materials to make crates to sell her fruit and vegetables.

Erasma's story

Erasma is 55 years old and has been happily married since 1969. She has one child and is currently living in a house she owns, where they prepare and sell crates of fruit. Since she was young, Erasma has been working in agriculture and for the 40 years she has been married she has raised and harvested plantain, citrus fruit and avocado. In those times the harvest was good but now they only have a limited number of fields which they harvest every 15 days and are not very profitable. In her free time, Erasma makes containers and crates to keep the fruit. She and her husband never thought this business would be as profitable as it has turned out to be and they now have good demand, creating between 100 to 150 containers or crates which they sell for 90 céntimos or 1 sol each depending on the fruit packed inside. Her husband is very pleased with this activity as he has her unconditional support and that of her child who also helps with preparations. Together, they go looking for customers, to offer they merchandise for a good price. This business is making them very happy and allows them to make between 100 and 150 soles a week, money which covers the daily food needs of the family. Erasma has in past loan cycles been the group treasurer and she accomplished this task with great responsibility, ensuring the repayments were always recorded correctly. This is her fifth loan with MFP with which she hopes to continue. She will use most of the loan to buy materials to build crates and a smaller portion to buy fertilizers for her plantain fields. Erasma is very grateful to all those who have made her loan possible as it will allow her to continue working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer L K

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